Wow, I never update this blog. Lots have happened in the last 8 months. I’ll try to highlight some of them if I remember. I have a new computer, not sure if I mentioned that. I have a new job. I have a new phone. I have lots of new games to play. Lots of new. I’ll detail some later, perhaps.
After reading an article on bit-tech about how we first got hooked into gaming, I wanted to share my experience.
A Gameboy was probably where I first played a game. At the time I was probably playing Tetris or Super Mario Land. Then soon afterwards I got a Game Gear. I had one of those cartridges that contained more than one game. There was a Ninja Gaiden game, a Jet Fighter game, and other stuff I don’t remember anymore. While these were great games and I had fun playing them, I wouldn’t consider myself a gamer yet.
When I moved to the US from Hong Kong, I remember playing on an Apple Mac. I have since forgotten what system it was, but it had several games on those huge floppy discs, either an 8-inch or a 5.25-inch floppy. The most memorable game I played was actually a Winter Olympics game; the most memorable being this ski jump game.
Civilization was the next game I remember playing. My brother bought it one day, and I remember seeing it for the first time. I was so impressed with the graphics, even though by today’s standards it’s nothing. It only had icons, but I remember being really impressed.
The next phase was when my brother bought a new computer and I got his old one. I celebrated it by buying myself a game: NBA Live 96. I remember that my computer barely ran it fast enough! It was missing various players I believe, especially Michael Jordan (who didn’t appear till Live 2000).
The final phase that made me a gamer was the next game. I bought it on my birthday and it was The LucasArts Archives Vol. I, a collection of LucasArts games. Included were: Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max: Hit the Road, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Star Wars Screen Entertainment, and Star Wars: Rebel Assault (3 level demo). Also included was a LucasArts Super Sampler disc featuring: Full Throttle, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire, and Star Wars: TIE Fighter. It established in my mind what a great computer game was and I’ve never looked back since.
After that, I played various other computer games, and a few console games as well. I also read PC Gamer magazine to catch up on the latest games. By now I was a gamer, for I realized that it is such a great medium with all the experiences of the movies only with user interaction involved. That’s possibly why I like original games, I want to try out all the games that break the mold because we have so much to discover about what makes a game fun.
What follows are a few of my favorite games.
- Monkey Island
- Sam & Max: Hit the Road
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
- Grim Fandango
- No One Lives Forever (1 and 2)
That’s a short list of the most memorable, I’ve liked more but those are what I remember. Hopefully Spore will be on that list soon! I look forward to all the games I’ll come to love in the future.
If you ever tried to install an extension in Firefox you’ve encountered the warning that a site is trying to install software on your computer.
There is a simple way to bypass this. However, I should forewarn you that this prevention system was put in place for a good reason. Extensions could possibly be a security risk, be very careful when installing extensions from sites you don’t know.
With that warning out of the way I’ll explain how to bypass it.
- Copy the link. (It has to be a link to the actual xpi.)
- Paste it in the location bar. (The bar where you enter the url.)
- Hit Enter.
Now it should bypass the warning bar but it will still ask you to confirm the install. I know that there is a way to turn off said warning bar, but I like it on just in case. I use this whenever I have an extension I know I can trust and I don’t want to whitelist the entire site.
I haven't posted in a while due to laziness. It happens. However, soon I hope to post a few reviews of things I've used lately. Lookout for them and a final WordPress theme, because as you can see, right now lots of things are broken.
I have plans for fixing a few broken things to be fixed on this blog. And I have a new design in the works. It’s not yet complete, but I have the structure down. I’m only missing a few superfluous visual graphics and I’m done. Well not really, but it’d be close to done. And I also need some content for this blog. Including finishing and writing my review for “Sam & Max: Season 1!”